Friday 24 June 2011

Surprised by Veruschka (Paul)

I was 'working from home' today and was surprised when Debbie sent me a text this morning to say Veruschka was in labour.  Veruschka is fantastic - an amazingly dense fleece that makes the shearing clippers groan - and despite her considerable bulk she resides well down the pecking order of the herd.  Her last two progeny, Tenzing from 2 years ago and Cassiphia from last year both have super fleeces. This year Veruschka cut 4.3kg, Tenzing 4.67 and Cassiphia 2.9kg.  Tenzing is sired by El Maestro of Purston and Cassiphia by our very own supreme champion, Wellground Legend of Spartacus.  This years Veruschka cria is from EP Cambridge Gianmarco's Masterpiece.  What a selection!

Anyway, Veruschka generaly likes her cria very well cooked, well over a year, and yet today she 'fired one out' at 334 days and nearly 10kg!

The usual sequence of events occured. First the herd 'big noses' check things out

then the herd 'little noses' check things out - from the left: Veruschka, Emery, Celestial, Ellie-May (I think), Spadicious (brown), Seymour and then Princess Mallika (big and dark fawn).

and then the littlest nose of them all gets a well earned drink


Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

Well done dear it is Ellie-May.

Unknown said...

Congratulations to both...Mum and Paul...getting all the names correct!

Judi said...

Herd "Big Noses" and herd "Little Noses"...what a wonderful expression. Your cria look delightful...can't wait for ours to arrive!

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Congratulations....just wondering if the little nose was a boy or a girl...have I missed something on the blog...Im going back to have a re-read !....Jayne

Shirley said...

Nosey-parkers! Great photos Paul, lovely story! Shirley & Robbie

Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

..and the biggest nose of them all is of course Ursula!